2022 Steward School Costa Rica Conservation Expedition
|Travel Dates:||February 26, 2022 - March 5, 2022|
Airfare not included in program tuition
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Costa Rica Service Adventure
From white sand beaches to misty cloud forests, from towering volcanoes to beautiful rivers that cut through tropical canyons, and to hospitable, friendly communities, Costa Rica has it all. Having abolished its military over 50 years ago, this tiny democratic republic has long been known for its pacifism, commitment to environmental protection, and its status as a destination for those seeking safe yet exciting adventure travel set against breathtaking scenery. However, despite an extensive tourism industry, in many parts of Costa Rica there remains a need for help and service. Our programs offer unique access to Costa Rica’s best-kept secrets and friendliest communities. We are confident you will love the land of Pura Vida as much as we do!
Service Adventures combine rural homestays, adventure travel, and meaningful service projects which are guided by our community partners. Living in these small communities provides the opportunity to engage the language and culture from a uniquely advantageous position.
Check out some of the featured experiences of your program!
Brew coffee and make empanadas with a local farmer's family
Have the adventure of a lifetime with your friends
Trek to a beautiful waterfall deep in the jungle
Learn to surf with some of Costa Rica's best instructors
Practice your Spanish language skills with locals
Collaborate on a service project in your homestay community
We do everything possible to run safe, engaging, and immersive programs for our travelers, but given the unpredictable nature of international travel we must remain flexible in our planning. Changes to a schedule are uncommon but if inclement weather pushes us off course or an unexpected opportunity arises which travelers are excited about, we reserve the right to adjust programming in the best interest of the group.
|February 26||USA - San Jose, Costa Rica||Today the group travels from the USA to San Jose, Costa Rica. You'll be met by your Walking Tree leaders upon arrival, after which we head to the hotel for dinner, an orientation meeting, and some rest after the long day of travel.||Hotel La Rosa de America|
|February 27||San Jose - Pura Suerte||Our journey begins in earnest when we leave the city for Pura Suerte, a beautiful farm tucked deep in the southern rain forest of the country. Upon arrival we will settle into our bamboo bungalows and then tour the farm for a hands-on experience involving tropical fruits, local coffee beans and a whole host of animals! We will learn about the stunning biodiversity of the area as well as how rural farmers are taking advantage of sustainable practices. This evening we'll enjoy a delicious dinner at Pura Suerte's large restaurant and then retire to our cabins for some group activities.||Pura Suerte Jungalows|
|February 28||Host Community||After breakfast we hike down to Nauyaca waterfall, one of the most spectacular in a country full of spectacular waterfalls! We will spend a few leisurely hours swimming, relaxing, and enjoying lunch at the waterfall. In the afternoon we'll head to our host community, a beautiful mountain town called San Gerardo de Rivas. After arrival we'll tour the town, learn more about our service project/s and check into our local accommodations. Breakfast will be at the hotel while lunch will be served at the service site. In the afternoons and evenings, activities are flexible and will vary, but may include time with local families, excursions to explore the surrounding area, or pick up soccer games. There will be ample opportunity each day to speak Spanish.||Hotel El Descanso|
|March 1||Host Community||It's back to work this morning! After lunch we will have time to explore town and complete a scavenger hunt that will help us get our bearings in town. In the evening we're back to our hotel for dinner and a reflection session.||Hotel El Descanso|
|March 2||Host Community||Today, we will continue working on our service projects. This afternoon we will have time to organize group activities with locals; otherwise, we may organize a trip to the nearby hot springs. Evening activities will vary, and may include a small fiesta de despedida!||Hotel El Descanso|
|March 3||Host Community - Uvita||After breakfast we will head west to the surfside town of Uvita on the central Pacific coast. After getting settled in our hotel, students will take surf lessons from professional instructors along a wide, expansive and empty stretch of coastline that has a reputation for breaks that are great for beginners. After surfing and enjoying the beach for the afternoon, we'll retire for a delicious dinner overlooking the Pacific Ocean.||Hotel El Tecal|
|March 4||Uvita - San Jose||We'll have a relaxing morning in Uvita before jumping on the bus and beginning the trip back to the city. We'll stop for lunch in the quite seaside town of Dominical where students will also be able to do some souvenir shopping. After arriving back in San Jose we'll have a final celebratory dinner together to commemorate our time together!||Hotel Casa Cielo Grande|
|March 5||Alajuela - USA||Fly home!||Your own bed, eventually!|
In order to provide a safe and memorable experience, we follow strict guidelines when choosing program accommodations. Walking Tree partners with locally-operated, three-star equivalent hotels and guest houses which are centrally located, clean and safe.
Rosa de America
A charming ranch-style hotel on the outskirts of San Jose, Rosa de America is a great spot to unwind after a long day’s travels. This hotel is complete with a lush gardens, a big pool, updated rooms, and friendly staff.
Finca Pura Suerte
A grouping of bamboo cabins and impressive communal spaces, this farm is nestled deep in low-land rain forest with views of the Pacific coastline. The accommodations are comfortable, the food fantastic, and the surreal setting provides an ideal introduction to the country’s impressive flora and fauna.
Hotel El Descanso
This is small but cozy hotel that typically hosts travelers that come to the region to hike Cerro Chirripo, Costa Rica’s highest peak. This family owned hotel has great views of the surrounding mountains and is located only a short walk away from the community’s center by The hotel also has its own restaurant where students may get a wide variety of food. Free Wi-Fi access throughout the building keeps everyone feeling connected. Students will be grouped in their rooms according to gender and availability.
Hotel Casa Cielo Grande
Casa Cielo Grande is a beautiful property ideally located just twenty minutes from the airport. Close to the city center yet perched high in the mountains, the views of the Central Valley are breathtaking and the new pool is a delightful respite after a hot day. Spotless rooms and friendly staff will make you feel at home the moment you drop your bags.
Safety and Support
EASY FUNDRAISING & PAYMENT
24/7 GLOBAL EMERGENCY LINE
HIGHLY VETTED PARTNERS
PRIVATE GROUP GUARANTEE
COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULUM SUPPORT
DEDICATION TO CULTURAL ENGAGEMENT
My experience with your organization was exceptional. The communication was prompt, courteous, and thorough. The trip was very well planned and the educational focus made me feel this such trip had a great value. My daughter has grown and matured in a wonderful way because of this trip.
Parent of Teagan, traveler on 2017 program to Thailand
Your Adventure Includes
In order to give our travelers the best possible price, we break out airfare from the Program Tuition. We will still handle all booking and ticketing via our flight partner who has access to special fares not available to the general public. Once confirmed, you will be invoiced for the flight roughly 75 days prior to travel.
Program Tuition Excludes: Premiere Travel insurance, baggage fees, airline minor fees, passport/visa fees, laundry, souvenirs, and activities not listed on itinerary.
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